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Garmin - Dash Cam™ 45 Full HD - Black

Model: 010-01750-00SKU: 5791502

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 511 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera, but could use App/WiFi improvements

    Posted
    Shep4523
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I purchased this dash cam a few days ago and I can honestly say I’m impressed. Video resolution is decent (HD, but not 4K) and it does record audio as well. You are able to turn the audio recording off. It comes with a 4GB micro SD card but I recommend getting a larger one to keep the camera from deleting the oldest videos to a minimum. It can accept up to 64 GB micro SD card. It has a magnetic mount to your windshield, not the standard suction cup mount. It stays in place over speed bumps and potholes well. The camera also has lane drifting warnings and forward collision warnings, as well as traffic moving ahead warnings (to tell you to “GO!”). All warnings have a beeping noise and a notice on the lcd display. It also can alert you to stop lights and speed cameras on your route (but to keep that updated, you will need to purchase a recurring monthly payment plan). It does record in either 1080p or 720p at 30fps. The camera works well and does what it is designed to do. It does not have voice activation. You can use the VIRB app to download video clips right to your phone or tablet, but the app is spartan when it comes to editing features. You can put a title on your clip and other comments, but not really much else. The WiFi works well with your smartphone, but viewing videos on it through the app (before you download them to your phone) is slow, and buffers a lot. You will need to connect your phone to the camera WiFi every time you want to use the app. It will not record and allow you to view or download videos unless you are connected to your 12v adapter or usb connection to a laptop (you can’t use the USB cord in a USB power outlet and connect to the phone. It has to be on the 12V power, or you have to remove the SDcard and plug it into a laptop or computer). You also can’t move away from the app when it is downloading a video to your phone. Overall, very nice camera. I really like the design and small form factor. I am disappointed that you cannot use the parking feature without purchasing a separate wiring harness for $35. However, do you really want to take a chance of leaving this relatively expensive camera in your parked car exposed and unattended? I recommend this camera as a good middle of the road dash cam. It does what it says it will do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Save me from False Witness!!!!

    Posted
    Rocel
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I bought this dash cam sometime January of this year. I had an accident last month September 2018 that totaled my car. I was on my right of way "ALL GREEN" when the lady driver cut me and turned left. Cops came after the accident and an apparent witness came to the rescue of the 89 year old woman driver saying that It was my fault that I crossed a red light. I was sure and 100% confident that I did not beat the red light but became unsure when this false witness came. After reviewing the video, it captured the whole accident and showed that I was on GREEN when crossing the intersection and even after the accident, the camera was clinging the GREEN light was still on. I showed this as evidence to the insurance company of the other party and after them reviewing it immediately decided in favor of my case. They did not ask for my verbal testimony as the Garmin Dash Cam served as my WITNESS AND MY TESTIMONY. I highly recommend and I will strongly advocate for all drivers to have DASH CAM in their car. Not only it will tell the truth, it can help when you witness an accident, just press the record button and it will record the last 3 minutes i believe. Likewise if you are wrongly ticketed by COPS, bring it to the court to help you dismiss your case. I am a believer of DASH CAM specially when the accident happened to me and a FALSE witness came to help the guilty party. Thank you Garmin for a great little device

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent All-Around Dash Cam

    Posted
    Mark
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I just purchased this dash cam after several hours of research to replace my current camera of another brand, which I was very unhappy with. I live in New York City and park in a parking garage, so don’t use my car every day. I found that the battery in my old camera kept losing its charge, which reset the time and date back to factory settings, requiring me to always need to set the proper date/time. The most important criteria for me was to find a camera that would retain the accurate date/time, in addition to allowing me to disable the speed reporting stamp on the video, as I can’t see how that would do anything but work against me in a legal defense. This camera allows that, while at the same time being able to retain the GPS location stamp. Plus, the calendar and clock use GPS to keep the time current, so I don’t need to worry about the battery losing charge. Perfect!! This camera works great, and is much smaller than I thought it would be. Another plus! It doesn’t have as much of a wide angle view as others, so if you’re looking for that, I recommend the Garmin 65W. The camera adheres to the windshield using a separate metal disk, about the size of a penny, that has an adhesive back, and the camera arm connects to that via a magnet. Very easy to take the camera off and move to other cars, without having to worry about using an annoying suction cup that always fails. Be sure to double check the position of the camera through its screen before you mount the metal disk, because it’s practically impossible to pull it off once it’s on the windshield. I’m MUCH happier with this camera. Highly recommend!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Garmin 45 Dash Cam

    Posted
    HikerBob
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    5 Stars: Ease of operation, basically plug and play. 1080P Video quality is Excellent. Small size is very unobtrusive when mounted on windshield. Audio quality is also very good. All videos are automatically labeled with date/time, lat/long and vehicle speed, which was a big plus for me. The dash cam came with a 8Gb microSD card but I replaced it with a 64Gb microSD for greater storage capacity. Dash Cam comes with cigarette power cable which was easy to route along my car's headliner. I have ordered the "hard wired" power cable, so I can utilize the cam's "parking mode" feature, which requires the cam to be hard wired. I recommend doing the same, otherwise the Dash Cam will only record video while the ignition is on. I also purchased a 37mm Circular Polaroid Lens (CPL) filter and 28-37mm adapter mount that fitted over the dash cam's lens to cut down on early morning/late afternoon windshield glare (see second attached photo). For total hands-free operation, go with the Garmin 55 Dash Cam. A little more expensive, the same size as the 45 but with voice recognition vs manual buttons

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good camera for Alaska

    Posted
    Thomas
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Purchased first camera in mid May 2018, that camera failed after roughly 2 weeks. Immediately exchanged it and now the second camera has failed after roughly 6 weeks. The camera system itself is pretty good, if you live in Alaska, the Pacific NW, or you are willing to unplug the camera and remove it from the car if you are in any season other than winter. Short of that, and from my experience with TWO cameras thus far, its just a matter of time before it burns out. I had the camera set to power down when the vehicle was off, started the car up on a warm day, and dead........again.......I wouldn't even remotely consider using this unit as a hardwired continual recording camera. I own plenty of Garmin products and they typically handle whatever I throw at them for as long as I can throw it at them, but not this device. This camera is, without question, the lowest quality Garmin product I've ever owned. If they could make this camera as temperature tolerant as their Fenix 5X wrist watch or any other device they make, it would be a no brainer.......but as it stands, I'm still considering whether its even worth it or not to go through the whole warranty process to replace this camera in order to get a third stick of butter to put on my windshield........

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Investment

    Posted
    Legitbrian
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have this installed by a geek squad so I’m not sure how difficult it is for DIY. This camera is installed on my 2018 Honda Odyssey. It’s a great dash camera and so far since last year, it’s been performing flawlessly. The camera is small so it doesn’t protrude vision out front. I live in Los Angeles, so heat was somewhat a concern for the reliability of the camera but, again no issues. It has features such as Lane Keeping Assist, Alerts, Stop sign recognition, and a VIRB Mobile App used to import videos and photos from dash cam to your mobile device. The dash camera even alerts you when a traffic camera ticket is available on the intersection. Now for the cons, the features are kinda annoying. For example, the camera traffic camera ticket feature is annoying because, it’s GPS based so when I drive on the highway, it still alerts me even though the intersection is on the bottom of me. Secondly, the distance feature is crap because, once a car changed onto my lane he was extremely far out so it shouldn’t alert me but, it did. Ultimately I think it’s a good camera as long as if you turn off some of those features and if you can find one for around $140 as of 04/17/19. Any price higher than that is paying full price and this camera is quite old already. Thus, it’s a buy! Depending on the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!

    Posted
    TW74
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Has pretty good image quality and connects to the mobile app or computer just fine. Make sure you set it up first and set the loop option or it will just run out of space. I would recommend the 64gb micro SD card for it instead of the one it comes with because you will want more storage. What i like is the Time Lapse mode. Its just fun to place with. And yes it still records video and incidents while you are in timelapse mode (as i have found out buy trying it out). Image quality is better than my Car&Driver 1 Eye Pro (in my opinion) and feels to be more of a solid unit. The only cons i have are the mount. (But not big cons) You get one plate and 2 mounting adhesive pads. If you live in a place, or drive anywhere, that causes you to get a few windshields a year i would either one MOVE or invest in buying more adhesive pads from Garmin. (option 1 would probably be best) BUT if you are not in that type of place then it is AWESOME! Device is easy to use, intuitive, and you can turn things off/on may settings that you don't want as part of the recording. It records sounds (and my terrible commentaries/outbursts ;) while i am driving - but that too can be turned off) All in all great little unit i actually purchase two and put one in each of my vehicles (you can name the unit)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All around great dashcam worth the price

    Posted
    halfricanguy
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This is my first dashcam and definitely one I'll be keeping for a while. Mine is located just to the left of the rear view mirror. Know that you can't just open it up and start recording; the mount is magnetic based (which is good, you can remove it from sight when you need to, or between cars) but you'll need to position the mount on the windshield and let it rest for 24 hours before use. During this time, you can be updating the firmware and learning the functionality. Records video and sound well (a little too well, I can hear my awful voice crystal clear while singing to music haha). Picture at night is surprisingly better than I thought, and it can generally see what you can. Have had no deal-breaking issues such as overheating. As for the three gimmicky features; Lane Departure and Forward Collision alerts work better than I imagined, even at night. For lane departure warnings to work, the line must be solid white/yellow, so it won't alert you if you're floating into another actual lane. "Traffic is moving" warning on the other hand is finnicky and alerts me after I've already began moving with the traffic. I'll have to adjust the sensitivity levels a bit. I would NOT rely on any of these three because they are not always accurate, and on occasion will either falsely alert you or not alert you at all. Otherwise a great dashcam!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Happy so far after about a month

    Posted
    TryAir2day
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I wasn't sure if I would like this dash cam at first since it didn't have a suction mount, but it has grown on me. The camera mounts to the winshield via a magnetic disc with tape on one side. Once you let it set for 24 hours you can attach the mount and camera to the windshield. In the box I got there was a extra magnetic disc that I could put into another car if I wanted too since its a magnetic mount all you have to do is pull the camera mount off the windshield and move it to rhe other car. (The magnetic disc stays on the windshield) I currently have the Thinkware H50 too, but I like this one better. The plus for this dash cam are: built-in Wi-Fi, portable (up to two cars) built-in screen, warning sounds (follow to close, crossing a white line, and traffic is moving) there is a feature for traffic lights, but I don't have it active, long power cord, small in size, a short cord ro transfer videos or pictures to your computer if you don't have a smartphone and a app (download videos and pictures to your smartphone) The negatives: limited portability, (only 2 magnetic disc), small include microsd card, gets hot after long use, and the Wi-Fi (sometimes it's slow to connect and view videos via the app). There is one other thing. I have read about it overheating and shutting off, but so far my has not shut off do to over heating. The screen does shut off after a minute when first starting up, but it still is recording. So far I'm happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great dash cam!

    Posted
    raqball
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I did a lot of research into dash cams before purchasing this. Some reviews mention the unit overheats and this was solved via a firmware update a while back. The camera works great and records in 1080p. I also purchased the parking cable so I can record while parked and it was easy to install (3 wires). Parking mode saves video when motion close to the car is detected or it senses an impact. Many of the Chinese dash cams have no support whatsoever after the sale, Garmin is a phone call away and they do support their products well. I called them to inquire about getting extra 3M pads for my mount and they sent me 2 complete mounting kits for free since they didn't offer the pads separately. Overall very happy with the Garmin Dash Cam 45. I went with it over the 55 because I do not need nor want voice commands and 1080p @ 30FPS is fine for me, I read a review here when the poster complained about battery life........... I hope that reviewer understands that any dash cam is intended to be plugged in via the included cigarette lighter power cable or hardwired to the vehicle. At any rate, this is a fantastic camera and at a decent price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well-rounded dash camera

    Posted
    Eastvaler
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Pay the extra money for a well known name brand. For the safety and security of your car, insurance and peace of mind, a $150 investment will avoid buyer's remorse with regards to a cheaper $50-$100 dash cam. I bought one for my first car, tried it out for a month and it worked superb, got a 2nd unit for my other car. The unit comes with all you need to get going. Set up is really easy, only difficult part at first is to figure out where you can run with wire along the roof, doors, floor and eventually to your 12V auxiliary power outlet. It has multiple safety features such has lane departure and collision alert. I have turned all them off as sometimes the alerts become a nuisance. Camera records well at night and day. I got a 32GB memory card and that's more than enough memory, the system is set so that when it's full it will write over the oldest file. File transfer to your phone is easy via wifi and the Garmin app. The files are viewed in one minute increments. I find that a little strange but still within reason. According to Garmin, keep the camera updated. It should not overheat when it gets hot outside. There's an auto-shutoff feature but it's not yet spring and the weather around here doesn't get that hot. I've found no cons for this dash cam yet. Hopefully it brings years of service without issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Dash Camera

    Posted
    Butterfly
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Well designed and low-key. Easy to set up. Info shown on playback video includes date, time, GPS location (accurate longitude and latitude), and driving speed; users can choose which data to be included. It also records audio, again users can choose to turn it on or off. Pictures can be taken anytime during video recording, and it comes with a function of creating time-lapse videos. Picture quality is 1080P, good enough for personal use. Have been using it for about 10 trips so far, the average memory card usage is 4.3 GB per hour of recording. It comes with a 8-GB memory card, need to replace it with 32- or 64-GB cards for longer trips. It can accept up to 64 GB micro SD card. Data transfer to computer via cable is easy, or users can use its App to download saved videos to smart phones. The camera itself sends out Wifi signals, and the signal strength is displayed on screen as you drive around. Overall, it is a great dash camera for personal use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far, so good.

    Posted
    TonyS
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    So far, I have had zero issues with overheating. Previous reviewers have said that this camera has overheating issues but it looks like the latest firmware update eliminated the problem. I am writing this from south Florida in July. It can't get much hotter here and the camera has worked perfectly. The wifi connection is a little slow but when you see the size of the files it's transferring, you understand why. The image quality is excellent so I think it is worth the wait. The only thing I don't like are the alerts. Forward collision works perfectly but the lane change warning goes off continuously on curved roads and inside lanes of highways. They are easy to turn off but I wanted the feature to work. Overall, I am happy so I can't complain too much. I'm planning to have it permanently installed soon so the parked feature will work as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Have two, one for each car. Happy with them

    Posted
    DEC1981
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Set up was a real pain as I had to get the instructions online and the firmware updates can only be done via the download able app. We don't have smartphones and my tablet needs a wifi hot spot. Fortunately there is an xfinity hot spot I can pick up outside as our inside wifi doesn't go that far . I had to update both as they immediately overheated but not since the update. Dramatic improvement over the basic Uniden cameras we had. We can now actually read licence plates and video at night looks just like what I see with my eyes. Only negatives are no zoom capability and streaming to my tablet gets an error that the resolution is too high. I don't wish to use the lower resolution so I just pop the memory card out and into my laptop. I love the red light camera warning as well as the lane departure, traffic moving and proximity alerts. In addition to these two cameras I also picked up a Garmin drive 51 GPS. I'll be using this as Ford is discontinuing SYNC SERVICES.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good protection against bad drivers

    Posted
    Chuck
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Camera has expected functions and seems to work well. Also comes with alarms to alert you if you're drifting out of your lane, if you are about to collide with the car in front of you, or if you're in stopped traffic and don't start moving soon enough. I've found all 3 of these alarms to be oversensitive. For example, the lane departure is designed for unintentional lane drifting, but it alarms frequently even during planned lane changes such as passing. The collision warning goes off most frequently after you've been passed by someone else who then moves back into your lane and is still moving faster than you. And while the Go alarm says it only alerts you when the vehicle ahead of you has moved a "substantial distance" away from you, it frequently goes off even when the vehicle ahead of you creeps up a few feet while the light is still red. The problem with these alarms being so sensitive is that you get accustomed to hearing it and don't react to it quickly enough when the actual situation occurs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Thank you for leaving a review.

      I recommend reviewing the following links for information on the Forward Collision and Lane Departure warnings:

      https://www8.garmin.com/manuals/webhelp/dashcam45-55/EN-US/GUID-2F14BC49-BE4F-4902-93BF-3A256AD97144.html

      https://www8.garmin.com/manuals/webhelp/dashcam45-55/EN-US/GUID-05B83C05-D9E9-4AAF-A0C1-ABA55EE1212C.html

      -MH Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera

    Posted
    jimmydw
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I bought one of these before going on a big trip to Yellowstone for vacation this summer. We would have totally missed getting a photo of a Black Bear if it was not for this camera. By the time we could stop and park, and get the camera, the bear was already gone into the woods. We have some GREAT photos from the dashcam videos, we were able to get some great still shots from the video from this camera. Well worth the money. It also helped as being a witness to an accident that I was not involved with. I was able to provide video to show who was at fault, the person ran the stop light causing the accident of course denied running the red light. This saved an innocent driver from being blamed for this accident or having to settle for 1/2 of the fault since it could not be determined any other way. The video PROVED who ran the light. Now I have a Garmin Dashcam in all 3 vehicles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    They work great as long as they don't get hot.

    Posted
    Disappointed
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought two of these and put one in my wife's car and one in mine. The first day my wife went to work and her car sat in the parking lot the camera is ruined. Mine still works but I'm in and out of my car all day because I work out of it and the camera is cooled when driving to my next stop, however in just the little time it does sit the screen looks like a water fall of color once it cools it returns to normal. I called Garmen I was told that there was a software update that should help and that they would replace the one that is no longer functional and that they would email me the link for the software and call Best Buy about replacing the damaged one.....three weeks later no email no replacement so no support!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hello, sorry that you didn’t hear back from us. We want to make sure you are a satisfied customer, so we do encourage you to please contact us directly at tellgarmin@garmin.com so we can address your specific issue and make sure you love your Garmin. Garmin

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent starter dash cam

    Posted
    Matt
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I went to Best Buy really looking for any inexpensive dash cam to use on a week long Jeep trip. This was on sale and had the Garmin name on it so I was sold. This dash camera more than met my needs. Installation and operation are easy. I put a spare 64GB microSD in it (that's the max size it will take) and that will more than suffice. The video is crisp and sounds are recorded with it. You will have the date, time, GPS coordinates and speed on the display. I like the travel time lapse feature. The two hour, 17 minute trip from Assateague Island to Virginia Beach yielded a 2 minute, 37 second video I could post. Although I really love this camera I gave it four stars. To get the videos off the microSD card in a usable format you have to use the Garmin VIRB app. Because the recording is saved in one minute chunks the app has to compile the clips into a video in order to save it to another device. The compiling does take a long time so make sure the dash cam is plugged into a power source. Despite this, I intend to upgrade to the Dash Cam 65 and give the 45 to my wife.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Decent camera, horrible power cord & customer srvc

    Posted
    und09
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The camera is pretty decent, license plates can be a little grainy and unreadable unless the vehicle is stopped right in front of you. The main thing is it is clear enough to show police what happened should you need it. My biggest issue is the power cord. I have been through 2 power cords in the year I have had the camera. With the new software upgrade the camera won't take a random mini USB, it has to be specific for the camera or it will think it is plugged into a computer and not record. It is obviously a bigger issue then just me since all stores, including Garmin online store, are sold out of the power cord. I have contacted Garmin support multiple times and they don't seem to care calling it normal wear and tear. I expected more from a big name company.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small is good

    Posted
    Noreaster
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    This Dash Cam is so small you forget it is there. I had mine installed just to the right of my windshield mirror. The software and the IPhone app function well. I was initially not pleased with all of the beeping from the lane departure, car in front motion after stop, and collision avoidance warning. My car has lane departure and active collision avoidance so the camera was duplicative and a bit annoying. But these features were easy to program out of the cam. The cam has 4 control/programming buttons. Since the cam is so small, the buttons are tiny. They take a little time to get used to. Installation, if you want the cam hardwired, seems to be a little complex. I had mine done by Geek Squad for very little money. Well worth it. To hard wire so that the cam will record if it sees motion when parked, requires a special cable. Overall a great camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend